Certainty

Life was simpler when I was sure. I was imbued with a staunch confidence from which I spouted my opinions and discounted those of anyone who disagreed with me.  Sadly, I have a quick mind and a sharp tongue, so I took some pride in leveling my opponents. So life was simpler, perhaps, but not […]

Being Here

“Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives.” Wayne Dyer The concept that the present moment […]

Another Teacher

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves”. Carl Jung I have a teacher who is not one of my normal gurus. She is a person I have met in many guises in many countries.  This is a good opportunity to learn the lessons without signing up for a […]

Connection as Inspiration…Solitude as Necessity

“Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.” Paul Auster   My exercise class is a group of women from the community who were instructed early on and who now self-direct. It makes for […]

High(er) Society

How does my circle of friends reflect my own values? Are my relationships feeding my soul? Is my social life lifting me higher? I recognize a yearning and I want to be aware of whether it can be satisfied from without or within.  And so I have shuffled through a list of wants and needs. […]

ADD Meditation

I wrote this observation and subsequent intention many years ago. “I speak without thinking and say things that require backing down or apologizing.  I move without planning – getting myself committed to things I don’t want to do and bruising myself on whatever door I left open (dishwasher?) in order to dash to my next […]

You’re right, I did it!

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”  Oscar Wilde Acknowledging my actions in the past is huge.  The harmful behaviors, words and even the thoughts from yesterday or twenty-five years ago have made their mark.  Those scars may have healed over or they be open […]

An Acknowledgement of Prayer

I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian church.  Although my parents were broadminded and spiritual, there wasn’t a lot of latitude within their belief system for the ways in which we practiced their chosen faith.  I strayed from that straight and narrow many years ago. I have explored many beliefs and have formed my unique […]

Stillness

The fool thinks peace comes 
by controlling the mind.
 He will never attain it.
 The wise one knows Truth, 
and is stillness itself. – Buddhist Sage Astavakra In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel […]

Another Lesson in Acceptance

THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. […]